Yesterday, I attended a concert supported by the DMU LabSoc, where all donations went to Action Homeless. For those of you who don’t know, Action Homeless is a local charity in Leicester, who are committed to working to improve the lives of the homeless. Last year, they provided specialist support and emergency housing to over 400 people in the city.
They have launched a winter appeal, where you can donate food and other items to them to help the people in need. Take a look at their website for more information here.
If you don’t live here in Leicester, then have a search for your local one, or find one managed by the Trussell Trust in your area here.
Homelessness is a problem which has occurred for way too long, and everyone should be able to feel safe, not hungry and have a roof over their head.
On a national scale, charities like Shelter recognise this as a significant problem in our country and they also house people, provide support and campaign so that one day, no one will need to turn to them for help. Shelter found out that 125,000 children were homeless in Britain and this is not right.
In 2016, Shelter helped millions of people, working on a range of issues:
- 24% of people had issues with their tenancy or landlord
- 20% of people needed to find somewhere to live
- 19% of people needed assistance with homelessness
- 18% were facing eviction
- 12% of people had financial issues
Whilst it is great that they do work to help all these people through tough times, they shouldn’t need to exist, as everyone should have somewhere to stay.
The failure by government to attempt to solve and tackle the issues, means that it will exacerbate significantly, and we cannot let this happen. This is why we must do all we can eradicate it once and for all.